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Research Lab Technician II

Keck School of Medicine Los Angeles, California

The USC Roski Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology is seeking a Research Lab Technician II to join its team.  A Research Lab Technician II is needed to join a vibrant and active lab in the Department of Ophthalmology to support ongoing research projects in the field of optic nerve regeneration. The technician will assist researchers with various experiments. Knowledge of sterile technique and basic cell culture technique is a must.  Ability to handle animals such as rodents is also required. Experience with eye and brain procedures, electrophysiology recordings, and stem cell culture is desired. The technician will perform experiments, keep animal colonies and records in order, maintain material usage logs, and order supplies. The technician will assist with animal surgeries. The individual must have excellent facility with computers.  The individual must be highly organized, facile with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and willing to learn new software programs. 

Job Summary:

Provides general laboratory assistance to support research activities. Conducts research experiments in accordance with laboratory and safety protocols. Performs assignments which are non-routine and vary in complexity with minimal direction. Compiles data and computes results for a variety of research procedures, tests and techniques.

Job Accountabilities include:

  • Conducts research experiments in accordance with laboratory and safety protocols. Collects field and/or laboratory measurements and data. Computes results for a variety of research procedures, tests and techniques.
  • Maintains unique knockout and disease model mouse and rat colonies including backcrossing and genotyping
  • Contributes to studies of therapeutic efficacy of experimental treatments in mouse models through administration of drug and evaluation of specific functional, biochemical and histological endpoints
  • Maintains accurate records of procedures used to conduct experiments. Uses laboratory/computer equipment to conduct analyses of experiment data. Provides routine interpretations of analyses.
  • Maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment. Performs or arranges for basic repairs. May alter equipment to meet experiment requirements. Makes recommendations for equipment acquisitions.
  • Maintains and organizes laboratory supplies. Monitors inventory levels and orders or secures supplies as needed.
  • Maintains research facility in orderly, operable condition. Maintains security and safety of equipment, samples, specimens and data.
  • Conducts library research to assist in the planning and design of experiments.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Education:  Bachelor's Degree or Minimum College Graduate with Science Background

Preferred Experience:  Prior expertise working with mouse and rat models or with the visual system.  Knowledge in human embryonic stem cell cultures, electrophysiology recordings preferred. 

Preferred Field of Expertise:  Bachelor’s degree in related field can be substituted for minimum experience requirements.  A working knowledge of laboratory equipment and research protocols is also required.

Applicant Attachments (Required):   Application/Resume

Applicant Attachments (Optional):  Cover Letter

Work Location:  MMR - Mudd Memorial Research Building

Percentage of Time: 100%; 37.5 hours


Minimum Education: Associate's Degree Specialized/Technical Training Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 2 Years Minimum Field of Expertise: Working knowledge of laboratory equipment and research protocols. Knowledge of computer analysis techniques and ability to provide routine analysis and interpretation of research data.


REQ20105150 Posted Date: 09/12/2021 - Thru date - 2021-12-13

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